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Matthew Blake

City's 5-year housing plan advances amid CHA criticisms

A five-year housing plan for the city of Chicago put forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel passed out of the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate Tuesday amid questions from aldermen and community activists about the Chicago Housing Authority’s performance in creating public housing units.

The most recent iteration of Chicago’s five-year housing plan, which the city has compiled since the 1990s, includes $1.3 billion in planned projects covering the creation or maintenance of 40,000 units of housing.

Quinn’s transit task force bemoans ‘fragmented’ status quo

A governor’s task force gave initial recommendations Monday on how to improve the performance of the Chicago region’s beleaguered transit systems.

Former Dallas hospital head Shannon named Interim CEO at CCHHS

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board on Friday appointed John Jay Shannon, a top official at CCHHS and the controversial former cheif medical officer of a Dallas public hospital system, to serve as interim CEO following the departure of current CEO Ram Raju.

Emanuel, Ald. Burke look to blunt medical pot sales

Repeatedly expressing anger that the state legalized medical cannabis with minimal input from the city of Chicago, Alderman Ed Burke (14th) put forward an ordinance during a Thursday City Council Zoning Committee meeting that would limit where in the city medical marijuana could be legally sold.

“I don’t know if the rest of you are as outraged as I am by the way we have been treated by the General Assembly,” Burke said.

Board of Ed follows CPS recommendation for 7 new charter schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved on Wednesday seven more charter schools for the Chicago Public Schools system, following district officials’ recommendations on which charter applications to approve and deny.

Ill. behind other states in job creation despite more than $1B in yearly business tax incentives

A bipartisan state legislative commission reported Friday that despite more than $1 billion in yearly business tax incentives, Illinois is one of the worst states for both employment and job creation.


City Council round-up: E-cigarette ban passes easily, measure against charter schools likely DOA

Legislation to prohibit e-cigarettes in indoor places where tobacco cigarettes are already banned sailed through the City Council by a 45-4 vote on Wednesday, despite hours of testimony on the council floor and in committee against the ban.


Finance committee debates environmental matters, but takes little action

On the same day that the City Council Finance Committee moved to ban e-cigarettes in indoor public places, committee Chairman Ed Burke (14th) on Monday pushed two other public health matters: a city ban on polystyrene foam and a call to better regulate rail tanker cars that carry crude oil.


Chicago ban on e-cigs indoors advances

A City Council joint committee on Monday approved a ban on so-called e-cigarettes in indoor public places following a parade of public witnesses and fiery debate about the health harms of the electronic products.


Q+A with William Farrow

William Farrow has lived his entire life in the Chicago area, and in 2010 he took the reins of a reconfigured Chicago institution – Urban Partnership Bank, which emerged from the federal closure of ShoreBank.